Intrawest Announces Appointment of Mara Pagotto as Chief People Officer

    Industry Veteran to Oversee all Human Resources Functions in Support of
    Intrawest's Growth Strategy

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 3 /CNW/ - Intrawest ULC ("Intrawest"), a world leader in
the development and management of experiential destination resorts, today
announced the appointment of Mara Pagotto to the position of Chief People
Officer. In this newly created position, Pagotto will be responsible for all
aspects of Human Resources and Employee Experience initiatives at Intrawest.
Pagotto will report directly to Alex Wasilov, President and Chief Operating
Officer at Intrawest.
    Pagotto brings an impressive track record of experience at several large
global organizations. Most recently, she served as Vice-President of Human
Resources supporting American Express Global Business Travel Services. In this
position she was responsible for setting and driving the business leadership,
talent and diversity strategy, employee engagement, organizational
effectiveness and various strategic initiatives in the area of Human Resources
that impacted over 18,000 employees worldwide.
    Prior to joining American Express in 2003, Pagotto held critical roles
predominantly focused in human resources, strategic planning, mergers and
acquisitions, operations, marketing and communications. She began her career
in finance and accounting, assuming the title of Vice President of Finance and
Administration for a major Canadian franchise company.
    "I am extremely pleased to add an executive of Mara's calibre to the
Intrawest Senior Leadership Team," said Alex Wasilov, president and chief
operating officer at Intrawest. "What sets Intrawest apart is our people and
their efforts to create places where amazing experiences happen for our
guests. Mara is an exceptional leader and this new central Human Resources
role will be essential to support our future growth and to provide a rewarding
work environment for all of our employees."
    In her new role at Intrawest, Pagotto will have company-wide
responsibility and decision-making authority to implement common HR processes
across all divisions of the company. These divisions include: Resort
operations, Intrawest Hospitality Management, Real Estate operations
(Placemaking and Playground) and all central corporate functions at Intrawest.
    "Intrawest is the undisputed leader in development of destination resorts
and I am thrilled to join such a talented team of people in one of the most
exciting industries in the world," Pagotto said. "A workforce that is
enthusiastic, motivated and fully engaged will enable us to take full
advantage of the opportunities ahead. My goal is to build a vibrant and
supportive culture in order to attract, select, retain and develop the best
people who work at Intrawest so that we continue to deliver unique and
memorable experiences for our resort guests, home owners and our employees."

    About Intrawest ULC

    Intrawest is a world leader in experiential destination resorts. The
company has interests in eleven resorts at North America's most popular
mountain destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010
Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Intrawest network also includes
Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world,
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida and Club Intrawest - a private
resort club with locations throughout North America. In addition, Intrawest
develops real estate at its resorts and at other locations across North
America and in Europe. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British
Columbia. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Ian Galbraith, Director, Corporate
Communications and Media Relations, at (604) 643-1586 or at

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